March 1, 2008
Schumacher Climbs Charts in Finale
HAYS, Kan.-Mandi Schumacher became Northwest Missouri State's third-leading rebounder and ninth-leading scorer in a 69-59 defeat at Fort Hays State Saturday at Gross Coliseum. Schumacher had a team-high 18 points and 12 rebounds in the contest for her seventh double-double of the season. Schumacher has 1,334 points and 715 rebounds in her four-year career.
The Bearcats (14-13, 9-9 MIAA) went 3-6 in the second half of the MIAA season and finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings. Northwest will be the five seed in next week's MIAA tournament and will play Missouri Southern at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday in Kansas City.
Lauren Williams made three 3-pointers and had 17 points for Northwest, one shy of her season high. Williams has scored 16 or more points in three of her last four games.
Brianna Willhite scored 18 second-half points and had a game-high 22 for Fort Hays State (12-15, 6-12 MIAA). The Tigers, who finished 10-4 at home and 0-11 on the road this year, did not qualify for the MIAA tournament.
Northwest shot less than 30 percent from the field and made five of its first 21 3-point attempts. Meghan Brue and Emma Frost-Briley hit 3's in the final minutes to give the Bearcats seven 3-pointers. The Tigers had just three treys.
The Bearcats trailed by six at the half and by 11 five minutes into the second half. Williams hit a 3-pointer and Northwest scored seven straight points to close the gap to two. Jessica Burton had a steal-and-score to make it 44-42 Tigers with 12 minutes left to play.
Fort Hays scored 16 of the game's next 17 points to put the game out of reach. Willhite had seven points during the run. Kelli Nelson ended the rally with a 3-pointer with 4:24 remaining.
Nelson was 2 of 7 from behind the arc to account for her six points. Nelson is four 3-pointers shy of the Bearcats' single-season record.
Northwest is now 6-2 all-time against the Tigers. Northwest had won the three previous meetings, including a 67-50 win in Maryville back on Jan. 5.
• Northwest will be the No. 5 seed in the MIAA tournament and will play No. 4 seed Missouri Southern Thursday at approximately 2 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.
• Northwest has made more than one-third of its 3-point attempts once in its last 10 games. The Bearcats are shooting 30.2 percent from behind the arc this season, which ranks 10th in the MIAA.
• Mandi Schumacher recorded her seventh double-double this season and the 16th of her career.
• Schumacher scored 10 points or more for the 20th time this season and the 63rd time in her career.
• Schumacher surpassed Danae Wager (1988-92) and Kelly Leintz (1984-88) and moved into third place on Northwest's all-time rebounding list. Schumacher has 715 career rebounds.
• Schumacher surpassed Kim Scamman (1982-86) and moved into ninth place on Northwest's all-time scoring list. Schumacher has 1,334 career points.
• Lauren Williams reached double figures for the 12th time this season and the 31st time in her career.
• Williams hit three 3-pointers in the game for the fifth time this season. She's totaled seven 3's in the last two games.
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